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New Releases From CAVE IN, SEPTICFLESH & More Out Today 5/20

This week’s new heavy metal releases include epic metal in various forms, “Baroque-influenced” metal, and more! To the metals…

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Blut Aus Nord – Disharmonium – Undreamable Abysses

Genre: Black/avant-garde metal
Origin: Mondeville, France
Label: Debemur Morti

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Starting this week with some evil stuff. The fourteenth album by Blut Aus Nord is unsurprisingly haunting and dark. It’s like ominous cinematic score with blast beats.

Cave In – Heavy Pendulum

Genre: Progressive sludge/metalcore
Origin: Methuen, Massachusetts
Label: Relapse

If you’re a fan of Cave In (and why wouldn’t you be?), you’re gonna get a lot of them here on Heavy Pendulum. This is seventy-plus minutes of spaced-out, progressive, sludgy weirdness. It’s their first with bassist Nate Newton (Converge) and he fits right in.

Evergrey – A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament)

Genre: Progressive/power metal
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden
Label: Napalm

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With so much time off the road in 2020 and 2021 it only makes sense for the already rather prolific Evergrey, to spend their time writing oodles of epic prog jams. Album number thirteen has Tom Englund and the boys coming off angrier than the last record. Still plenty of epic singalongs in the rage though.

James LaBrie – Beautiful Shade Of Gray

Genre: Melodic metal/progressive
Origin: Toronto, Ontario
Label: InsideOut

When James is away from his fellow Dream Thespians (that’s got to be what they’re called, right?), he winds up being a bit more straight-forward with his songs. Beautiful Shade of Gray might be his most melodic solo record yet as it seems like he has ditched his harsh co-vocalist this time. This really showcases the strengths of LaBrie. Jordan has a full review here.

Malevolence Malicious Intent

Genre: Groove metal/hardcore
Origin: Sheffield, England
Label: Nuclear Blast/MLVLTD

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Here’s something that will get a circle pit spinning. Malevolence have a lot going on with this record. Hardcore fury, metalcore anthem choruses, surprisingly techy lead-lines, and big ol’ grooves. They’re like if you glued All That Remains to Hatbried. And what a fun premise for a film that would be. Max has words on it here.

Mortal Thrall – A Path To Fire

Genre: Post-black metal
Origin: Nashville, Tennessee
Label: Trepanation Recordings

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When skimming bands to talk about this week Mortal Thrall caught my eye because their press-release included the line, “Baroque-influenced, post-black metal.” This is the kind of stuff that gets my attention. Like most post-black metal records this has pretty consistent tremolo picking, high-speed drums, and lots of atmosphere, but there is that little something special mixed in that gives it some classical whimsy. It’s a unique record that breaks the mold of their sub-sub-(sub?)-genre.

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Septicflesh – Modern Primitive

Genre: Symphonic death metal
Origin: Athens, Greece
Label: Nuclear Blast

Wrapping this week with some epic shit from our favorite Greek vampires. Their first record in five years scratches an itch that only they can with their grand symphonic elements coupled with solid death metal. Jeff has a full review here.

Also dropping today…

  • Anvil Impact Is Imminent (AFM) – Heavy metal
  • Aparthiva RaktadharaAdyapeeth Maranasamhita (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black/death metal
  • Assumption Hadean Tides (Everlasting Spew Records/Sentient Ruin Laboratories) – Doom/death metal
  • Be WellHello Sun (Revelation Records) – Hardcore
  • Bog BodyCryonic Crevasse Cult (Profound Lore Records) – Death metal
  • Brandy And The Butcher Lucky Foot (Self) – Hard rock
  • Come To GriefWhen The World Dies (Translation Loss Records) – Sludge/doom
  • D Bloc D Bloc (Unbeaten Records) – Hardcore
  • The Dark Alamorté Lunacrim Thepsis (Unique Leader Records) – Atmospheric black/death metal
  • Geezer Stoned Blues Machine (Heavy Psych Sounds) – Stoner
  • Gronibard Regarde Les Hommes Sucer (Season Of Mist) – Goregrind
  • Helsot Will And The Witch (M-Theory) – Folk/death metal
  • LaMacchia Thunderheads (Aqualamb Records) – Dark ambient
  • The Royal SeasStrange Mornings In The Garden (American Laundromat) – Alternative rock
  • Lucer The New World (Mighty Music) – Hard rock
  • Luminous VaultAnimate The Emptiness (Profound Lore) – Black metal/industrial
  • MNRVAHollow (Black Doomba Records) – Doom
  • OPHE Somnium Nocte Mendaciis (My Kingdom Music) – Avant-garde black metal
  • Ordo Rosarius EquilibrioNihilist Notes (and the perpetual quest 4 meaning in nothing (Out Of Line Music) – Industrial/neofolk
  • Organ TrailAppetite For Dissection (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) – Grindcore/death metal
  • Predatory LightDeath And The Twilight Hours (20 Buck Spin) – Doom/black metal
  • Rod RodriguesTales Of A Changing Life, Part.1 (Self-released) – Progressive
  • Rottenness Violentopia (Selfmadegod Records) – Grindcore/brutal death metal
  • Sadist Firescorched (Agonia) – Technical death metal
  • Sadistic RitualThe Enigma, Boundless (Prosthetic Records) – Thrash
  • Serpentent Mother of Light (Svart) – Folk
  • Space Of VariationsImago (Napalm) – Metalcore
  • Spheric Universe Experience Back Home (Uprising) – Progressive/symphonic metal
  • Spice Viv (Dais Records) – Rock
  • Street Sections Gentrification V: Whitewashed (The Flenser) – Experimental
  • Texas Murder CrewWrapped in Their Blood (Comatose Music) – Brutal death metal
  • Thy Kingdom Will BurnThe Void And The Vengeance (Scarlet) – Melodic death metal
  • Vaamatar Medivalgeist (Iron Bonehead Productions) – Black metal
  • Watashi WaPeople Like People (Tooth & Nail) – Rock/pop
  • Zinny ZanLullabies For The Masses (Wild Kingdom) – Hard rock
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